R & B

Beyonce, Jay-Z Stopped Short of No. 1 First Week Out by 5 Seconds of Summer

Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, the reigning king and queen of rap and soul, may gathering a little tarnish on their crown. Their new album Everything Is Love, fell short of No. 1 on the charts its first week out. The top spot went to 5 Seconds of Summer. The album, released last Saturday, sold about 70,000 copies, according to media reports. 5 Seconds of Summer’s new album YoungBlood grabbed the No. 1 spot with 90,000 sales after streeting two days earlier....
Rapper Meek Mill

Meek Mill Could Get Serious Time for Latest in String of Parole Violations

Meek Mill may have overstepped his probation on drugs and weapons charges one too many times and could be facing a prolonged stint in the slammer. Maybe he’s hoping he’ll get a little Justin Bieber justice, again, but shouldn’t count on it. Bieber has repeatedly dodged jail sentences, despite a string of arrests and convictions, although he’s small-time compared to Meek....

Rihanna Pushing Envelope Too Far in “B*tch Better Have My Money” Video?

Rihanna’s grindhouse video for “B*tch Better Have My Money” pushes every politically incorrect button, from violence to nudity to human torture. Some are calling it art, but others say it’s anti-feminist, sadistic and nihilistic. In other words, a “Mad Max” film. Rihanna shares directing credit with Leo Berne, who co-directed through his video collective Megaforce. The video is certainly no more graphic or violent than a Quentin Tarantino film....

Nick Jonas Recycles ‘Chains’ in New Video from Wynwood Walls (watch!)

Nick Jonas picks Miami’s famed Wynwood Walls graffiti and street art center as the scene for a remake of a video for his song “Chains.” It has a Mardi Gras vibe, but oddly, Nick looks wildly out of place. While he’s surrounded by scantily clad partygoers in wild costumes, dancing in an urban street scene, Nick looks like he’s decked out in J Crew. At the very end of the video, he’s finally in party gear smeared with paint....

Chris Brown Goes Back to Jail in New Video With Ariana Grande

Chris Brown’s fantasy love affair with Ariana Grande in his new “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” video has a touch of reality in it. He lands in jail in the video as well. Is this a metaphor for the time he spent in the pokey in real life? Brown and Grande, who sing a duet, are forbidden lovers in a medieval fairy tale in the video. The video opens with the two lovers arm-in-arm. ...

Chris Brown Launches Comeback After Jail on Jimmy Fallon (see!)

Chris Brown launched his musical comeback on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night after his career was sidelined by a stint in jail. He performed two songs from his upcoming album X, which could make or break his career. Brown, 25, has been dogged by troubles ever since his 2009 beatdown of then girlfriend Rihanna, for which he’s still serving probation. ...

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Gets R-e-s-p-e-c-t From Harvard Univ.

Aretha Franklin, who demanded r-e-s-p-e-c-t in her hit 1967 song, won the ultimate respect from Harvard University. The esteemed institution bestowed her with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. The university announced this year’s honorees today (May 29) on its Web site. The list includes Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Doctor of Laws), Former President George H.W. Bush (Doctor of Laws) and novelist Isabel Allende (Doctor of Letters)....